Pedersen: Saying goodbye to Blackburn Rovers was so difficult
MORTEN Gamst Pedersen admits saying farewell to the Blackburn Rovers fans was an emotional moment as he prepares to finalise his exit from the club.
Pedersen passed a medical with Turkish club Karabukspor on Friday but was back at Ewood Park for Saturday’s 5-2 home win over Barnsley, when he went on to the pitch and waved goodbye to fans after the final whistle.
The Norwegian flew back to England to finalise the terms of his Rovers exit, with a year remaining on his contract at the club.
The free transfer switch is not yet complete but Pedersen said his farewells to Ewood Park staff on Saturday. Barring any late hitches in his talks with Rovers, he is likely to return to Turkey later this week.
And after nine years at the club, having joined Rovers from Tromso in late August 2004, the 31-year-old was clearly emotional as he spoke about his imminent exit from the club.
“It’s a new era maybe coming up so if this is my last time here, I feel it,” Pedersen said, signalling to his heart as he visibly held back tears.
“I have to see what happens in the next few days but if this is the last time I’m here, it’s been my life for nine years exactly.
“It’s not the last time I’ll be here, that’s for sure, but maybe it will be as a player.
“It’s tough to leave but I made friends forever at this club and I’m proud of that.
“A lot of feelings go through your mind and loads of people who helped you.
“I played my best ever football at Blackburn.
“There have been ups and downs, but there have been many more ups than downs.”
Pedersen has agreed terms with Karabukspor, as he searches for regular football after falling down the pecking order at Rovers.
“I’ve been to Turkey, it’s been all over the news so there’s nothing to hide,” he said.
“It’s a new culture, a new thing for me, and a little bit like here they were very nice people.
“I talked to the club and went through the terms and everything. I’ve agreed them and I’ll see what Blackburn say and think a little bit about it.
“It’s Bank Holiday now, so I’ll try to see what’s going to happen with Blackburn and a few things.
“It is just the last few things.”
Pedersen also thanked fans for their support during his time at the club.
“I always did as well as I could for them,” he said.
“I think overall we had a really good time, loads of fun.
“I think they’ve enjoyed some of my goals and some of the things I’ve done and of course they’ve been frustrated when I missed the goal a few times, but that’s football!
“People have always helped me. When I look back I can be proud of what I’ve done.”
Wigan have become the latest club to be linked with Jordan Rhodes, although sources close to the Latics suggest they are unlikely to have the funds to afford such a player unless James McCarthy is sold, most likely to Everton. That in turn could depend on Manchester United’s interest in Marouane Fellaini.
A number of clubs are continuing to send scouts to watch Rhodes but, even though they are attempting to reduce their wage bill, Rovers remain eager to hang on to their star man and would be more willing to part with fellow striker Leon Best.
Best was an unused substitute against Barnsley and it is understood that Rovers would consider offers for a striker who has not found his best form since returning from a long-term knee injury.
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